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Offshore oil drilling opponents scold Port of Seattle for Shell deal

Article by Ted Land, KING 5 News: 24 Feb 2015 SEATTLE — The Port of Seattle got quite the earful, Tuesday from a group opposed to offshore oil drilling. They’re irate that the port is doing business with Shell, which plans to use Terminal 5, near West Seattle, as a launching point as it prepares to […]

Ogoni People Reject Belema Oil, Express Fear of State Repression

“We urge the government of Nigeria and the Shell Petroleum Company to clearly understand that the Ogoni problem is like an open wound, the issues have to be resolved and no amount of coercion, blackmail, backdoor conspiracy will subject the people to give up on this very costly struggle for survival.” 22 Feb 2015 An […]

New safety rules for offshore Arctic drilling proposed to avoid repeat of Shell disaster

New safety rules for offshore Arctic drilling proposed to avoid repeat of Shell disaster US officials want to make sure companies can handle a blow-out in remote and icy conditions – without inflicting an environmental disaster Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington The Obama administration proposed new rules for Arctic oil drilling on Friday in an attempt […]

ExxonMobil could snap up BP in a single bite

Information sourced from an FT article by Energy Editor Christopher Adams published 15 February 2015 under the headline: “BP’s battles leave it vulnerable to major move” Extract If ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson really wanted to, he could snap up BP in a single bite. Of all the UK major’s rivals, Exxon, the world’s biggest […]

Refinery operator Shell Canada charged for January 2013 incident at plant

By Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer: Friday, February 13, 2015 11:57:12 EST AM Refinery operator charged for January 2013 incident at plant Extracts Representatives of Shell Canada made a brief court appearance in Sarnia on Friday on environmental charges the company faces following an incident Jan. 11, 2013 at its plant near Corunna. Shell is scheduled to […]

Shell one step closer to resuming exploration in the Chukchi Sea

From an article by Tim Bradner published by Alaska Journal of Commerce on 12 Feb 2015 under the headline: “One regulatory hurdle cleared for Arctic OCS drilling” Shell is officially one step closer to resuming exploration in the Chukchi Sea. On Thursday the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released its final supplemental environmental impact […]

HSBC Tax Scandal: Revelations pending about a major oil company

HSBC whistleblower: There are ‘more revelations’ By John Donovan We know that Royal Dutch Shell has a long track record of tax dodging. The most recent example occurred during its Arctic Drilling debacle, when it recklessly sent a drilling ship to sea in the face of a storm, trying to avoid a tax bill.  According to a BBC News […]

Cleanup operations continue for oil spill at Shell Wharf in Martinez

From an article by Joseph R. Fonseca published Thursday, February 12, 2015 by MarineLink.com under the headline: Cleanup, Response Operations continue at Shell Wharf Extracts At approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday Shell personnel reported a leak from a crude oil line at the Shell Martinez Wharf and confirmed the leak was stopped within 30 minutes. Shell personnel […]

Port of Seattle hosts Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet

From an article by Joe Connelly published 11Feb 2015 by Seattlepi.com under the headline: Port of Seattle quietly signs homeport lease for Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet Extracts The Port of Seattle has quietly inked a two-year lease under which Shell Oil will use Terminal 5 on the Seattle waterfront as the base for its efforts […]

Oil company employees should consider quitting their jobs

From an article by Jonathan Porritt published by The Guardian on 10 February 2015 under the headline: “Oil company employees should consider quitting their jobs” Extracts It is becoming morally unacceptable for well-paid employees of Shell and other fossil fuel companies to carry on in their jobs It is impossible for most BP and Shell […]

Arctic Standards Won’t Be Ready For Shell’s Return

From an article by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media: February 2, 2015 “Arctic Standards Won’t Be Ready For Shell’s Return” After Shell’s troubled 2012 drilling season in the far north, the Interior Department began working on Arctic-specific standards for offshore drilling. But those new standards aren’t done yet. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says they won’t […]

Arctic Oil On Life Support

From an OilPrice.com article by Nick Cunningham published 1 Feb 2015 under the headline: “Arctic Oil On LifeSupport” Oil companies have eyed the Arctic for years. With an estimated 90 billion barrels of oil lying north of the Arctic Circle, the circumpolar north is arguably the last corner of the globe that is still almost […]

Shell Pays $90M To Escape Calif. Contamination Suit

Shell Pays $90M To Escape Calif. Contamination Suit By Brandon Lowrey Law360, Los Angeles (January 30, 2015, 8:50 PM ET) — A California judge on Friday tentatively approved Shell Oil Co.’s $90 million good-faith settlement of personal injury claims brought by nearly 1,500 Los Angeles-area residents allegedly harmed by buried waste oil, leaving intact claims […]

Shell’s Arctic Dilemma

CONTRIBUTOR COMMENT In the context of BvB’s comments about the Arctic, it is perhaps worth noting that in the absence of an intention to pursue their Arctic prospects, Shell would be obliged to write off/write down their past expenditure… And that would have resulted in a very miserable result for 2014. The problem has at least been […]

Shell resumes Arctic drilling but cuts $15bn from global investment

Royal Dutch Shell is reviving plans to drill for oil in Arctic in a move likely to intensify its battle with environmentalists. The Anglo-Dutch giant’s chief executive Ben van Beurden accepted that Arctic drilling “divides society”, but said the world needs new sources of oil. Greenpeace said Shell was taking a “massive risk” in a […]

Shell wants to resume drilling in Arctic this summer

By Karolin Schaps and Ron Bousso Jan 29 (Reuters) – Oil major Shell wants to revive its Arctic oil drilling programme this year after a near two-year suspension, angering environmentalists who say the risk of an oil spill is too high. Remote and costly to develop, the Arctic is estimated to contain 20 percent of […]

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